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County’s conservation district to hold 58th annual meeting

February 19, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting its 58th Annual Meeting Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, located at 125 S. Eagle Glen Trail, Columbia City.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Fred Whitford, coordinator for Purdue Pesticide Program. He is also the author of For the Good of the Farmer.

Special trip to Peabody Center to be sponsored by Genealogical group

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Genealogical Society of Whitley County (GSWC) has planned a special activity for Saturday, March 15. The Society has scheduled a day field trip to North Manchester where a special program will be held on Simon Peadody.

At 8:45 a.m. participants will be picked up at the west end of the Town & Country parking lot (in front of Dunham's Sporting Goods Store) for a trip to the Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester.

DAR chapter honors Good Citizen winners

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Colonel Augustin de la Balme DAR Chapter held its annual Good Citizens Recognition Tea recently.

The event was held at the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City.
The three honorees selected by their respective high schools have excelled in their academic studies and are very involved in school and community activities.

All three plan to attend college after graduation this spring.
Honored guests attending the DAR Good Citizens Recognition were:

SNOW MELTS: How to prepare for potential flooding

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency is offering advice on how to prepare for the potential snow meltdown — without residents having a meltdown of their own.

With several inches of snow still on the ground, warm temperatures, and rain on the way, officials are concerned with flooding, especially as many drains, catch basins and gutters are frozen with several inches of ice covering them.

Columbia City’s Street Department spent much of the day Tuesday clearing ice from catch basins in an attempt to thwart flooding in the upcoming conditions.

THE GREAT TAX DIVIDE: Joint caucus drives lawmakers to revise bill

February 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Discussion on whether counties should have a say on the elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) was debated at the Statehouse Tuesday.

Indiana Senators were swayed for approval of a House plan, letting counties opt out of taxing new business personal property.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf are two area leaders who have worked together on a joint resolution opposing the tax ban.

FFA: Livestock judging team top in nation

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County has produced some outstanding athletes, artists, doctors and more, not many can say they are the best in the United States — except for Columbia City High School FFA’s livestock judging team.

The squad participated in the national contest in Denver in January, taking home first place and No. 1 in the nation.
Team members Jared Lamle, Ryan Clingerman, Brook Pettigrew, Jake Pettigrew and Drew Lamle, are now qualified to compete in an international contest in Scotland.

IN COURT: Sex charge involves 15-yr-old victim

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who just finished serving a sentence at the Rockville Correctional Facility for sex crimes is now facing a charge in Whitley County for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old boy.
Chelsee M. Allen, 21, of Albion, is charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

Allen had been serving a nine-month sentence at Rockville for sexual battery, a Class D felony, and was listed as a sex offender.

Lawmakers may replace ISTEP test

February 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (HSPA) — Thousands of third- through eighth-graders will be tested next school year to make sure they’ve mastered math and language arts lessons, but right now no one knows what will be on that test.

This year could be the last time students take the ISTEP exam, which is what the state uses now to gauge students’ English and math skills.
Originally, the plan was for the state to start using a new kind of test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers, or PARCC exam, which matched planned changes in state standards called Common Core.

Snow blamed for roof collapse at Glenbrook

February 19, 2014

FORT WAYNE(AP) — Officials are blaming the weight of snow for causing a corridor roof to collapse at a Fort Wayne shopping mall.

The collapse that happened about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Glenbrook Square left debris and snow in a corridor near its Sears store and inside part of a restaurant.

Allen County building commissioner Dave Fuller tells area media it appears snow blew off the higher roof of the Sears store and accumulated on the lower roof over the corridor. Fuller says it could take significant time to make repairs.

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